Frankie is 6 months old now and I've noticed that when she runs or even jogs her back legs veer to the left and she can end up almost running sideways! She's always skidding over mostly on our laminate floor when she's going too fast and can't get a grip on the floor.
Has anyone else seen anything like this in their dogs? Is it normal? I'll mention it to the vet on her next check up. She's not in any pain but its more like her back legs are faster than her front and she gets in a muddle!
Kat and Frankie
Ruby walks and runs slightly sideways, and I have met plenty of pugs who do the same type of walk. They don't have good peripheral vision, so they walk slightly sideways to see better. Some do it, some don't. It's nothing to worry about.
Our Wonka has long legs for a pug and he runs ever so slightly sideways... I think it's because his back feet would hit his front if he ran perfectly straight at the speed he wants to run. There are apparently ways to correct a bad gait with training, but I've never attempted it. Your vet or someone who shows dogs might be able to view Frankie and advise if his gait looks normal for a growing pug or if there is something else going on. You could call a local dog club and ask.
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Just in case, I would have a good set of digital x-rays run at his next checkup to screen for Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. The very first symptoms can be crabwalking (slightly sideways walking, like a car with a bent frame), which can progress to bunnyhopping in the rear and eventually to an outright limp. he is a prime age for it to begin.
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It could be nothing...but I'd have it checked out as Lisa stated.
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